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UPDATE: Train derails near Barons, Highway 23 reopens

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UPDATE 9:30 am (Sept. 3): From Lethbridge County: UPDATE to Monday’s train derailment at Highway 23 and Township Road 12-0. Highway 23 is now open to traffic.



A train derailment Monday morning (Sept. 2) near Barons is causing traffic delays.

Lethbridge County says the train jumped the tracks just after 10:00 am at Highway 23 and Township Road 12-0 south of Barons.

The rail cars are leaking a fuel known as octane. Fire crews are on scene trying to contain the leak.

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As of now, the highway is closed in that area and traffic is being rerouted westbound.  That section of Highway 23 is expected to be closed for a while.

People area asked to take an alternate route if traveling around Barons today.

Lethbridge County will provide more information when available.


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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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